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New major road intersection upgrade project puts Ward Utilities dry-vac, utility mapping & traffic monitoring technology in the spotlight.

Ward is celebrating another significant project win, this time a major intersection upgrade project to help ease congestion within Parramatta CBD. The project is in the sweet spot for Ward, and allows us to demonstrate why we are the industry leaders in this challenging Sydney road network upgrade space.

Ward Utilities will be front and centre on the project, using its 3D utility mapping capability augmented by virtual reality as well as Ward’s state-of-the-art Dry Vacs (https://lnkd.in/g5EkCfX) to improve design, safety and sustainability outcomes. Our hard-won experience tells us the energy invested in locating and mapping existing utilities correctly upfront is repaid many times over in improved efficiency.  It helps avoid service clashes and unnecessary utility adjustment works and so saves time, disruption and money.

In addition, Ward will partner with transport sector software leader Mooven who provides a real-time traffic flow data solution that will allow the project team to monitor traffic congestion around their site and proactively address any emerging issues, helping to improve traffic management efficiency and achieve better outcomes for the road users in Parramatta CBD.

“The use of the Dry Vacs, 3D utility mapping and the Mooven software solution means we can be more efficient and improve sustainability” said Jack Cahill, Ward Project Manager. “It is an exciting opportunity to apply new technology solutions in this challenging infrastructure space.”

More details about this fantastic new project will be announced in the coming weeks, but for now it’s heads down for the project team, preparing for what will be another flagship project for Ward.

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Ward’s Federal Safety Certificate

We are pleased to advise that Ward’s Federal Safety Certification was renewed for another 6 years last week.

Well done to HSEQ Manager Uday Gorrepati who has led the charge in the past three years in migrating the Ward HSEQ system to the cloud whilst maintaining a culture of continual improvement across the business and consistently achieving excellent audit outcomes. Uday is ably supported by WHS co-ordinations Colm Drumgoole, Kaylene Bosman and Joe O’Connor in addition to systems engineer Nathan Murdoch. And no reference to our Federal Safety Certification would be complete without mention of the efforts of Site Engineer Darren Zhang.

Ward is a proud participant in and supporter of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s certification program. It helps keep our people safe and that is what matters most at the end of the day.

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BBQ Time!

A wet Friday means one thing for the Ward crew at Lane Cove West. BBQ time! 

Today’s feast was prepared by Leading Hand and Leading Greek Chef George “the Fro” Mouzarakis, ably assisted by procurement gun Alex Mountakis and assistant chef Kon Katsaounis. 

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Kari Golf Day

Ward was pleased to participate in the annual Kari Golf Day at The Coast Golf Club on Wednesday as part of the Sydney Roosters team. 

Kari is the largest indigenous foster care agency in Australia, providing services such as out-of-home-care, carer recruitment and early intervention right across Sydney. Established in 1999, Kari now employs over 140 staff.

Ward, along with Kari, is a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters women’s and indigenous teams in addition to its work in the community.

Ward is committed to doing our part to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through direct employment, engaging indigenous subcontractors and by supporting the work of fantastic organisations like Kari.  

Thank you to Ward Manager- Community and Stakeholder, Danielle Amos, for representing Ward on the green, and a big thank you to Kari for a great day!

Kari makes a huge impact in our community and Ward is proud to support their great work. To know more about Kari, visit: https://www.kari.org.au/

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Ward Civil Yeah Baby!

Over the past 74 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport.

Ward is a proud supporter of the Yeah Baby Yacht which is owned by twin brothers Marc & Louis Ryckmans and competed as Ward Civil Yeah Baby in their 10th Sydney-Hobart race commencing on Boxing Day, with nothing but blue skies in sight.

Consistent with Wards cultural diversity the Ward Civil Yeah Baby Yacht was crewed by a multicultural team  including Brazilian, German, English, Norwegian, Italian & Australian sailors who made it across the line in an impressive 27th position.

They of course then faced the harrowing return sail to Sydney through the smoke of the bushfires that raged through southern NSW and Victoria.

Well done to Marc, Louis and the team for an excellent effort.

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2020: Ward’s Dry Vacs in full swing

After a relaxing break, Ward are straight back into doing what we do best: delivering high-quality civil construction solutions for our clients. 

Our state-of-the-art Dry Vacs (dry vacuum excavation trucks) are no exception.

The Dry Vacs have hit the ground running, with both units already in high demand across Sydney. 

Our clients love the results our Dry Vacs deliver, including their superior environmental outcomes. They don’t require the use of high-pressure water (drought-proof!) and they don’t generate sludge waste.

The Dry Vacs have been an absolute hit at the Southern Expansion Enabling Works job at Sydney Airport, with one unit already booked out for weeks in advance. 

“If we were using a wet vac truck, we’d have to cart the sludge out to Western Sydney for disposal. With the Dry Vacs, we can reuse the fill onsite straight away. It’s great for us and the client loves it,” Project Manager Rory Kelly said.

Ward’s Dry Vacs are two of only four units currently operating in Sydney.

2020 is shaping up to be a very busy year and we are excited to see what our Dry Vacs can achieve.

More information about our Dry Vacs is available here: https://www.wardgroup.com.au/dryvacs/

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Donation of Equipment

Ward Environmental Officer and RFS volunteer Rowan Grace was pleased to deliver some face masks to his unit at Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast to assist their fire fighting efforts in the current crisis.

Ward proudly recognises the RFS Supportive Employer Program by providing paid leave to our RFS volunteers like Rowan. 

On behalf of the team at Ward we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the firefighters and volunteers for their hard work.

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Ward BBQ Team Nourish The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale Under 18’s Women’s Rugby League Squad

The Ward barbecue team had a busy Saturday recently at the Matraville Sports Highschool Oval, cooking up a storm for the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale under 18’s women’s rugby league squad.

The squad were treated to a delicious nutritious spread, featuring chicken and lamb kebabs with salad and baked potatoes, and fresh fruit with yoghurt and honey to follow.

The girls are training hard at the moment, gearing up for the start of the season later this month.

Our BBQ team love firing up the barbie to support these fantastic young footballers who travel from as far as North Queensland to participate in this great competition.

Ward is a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, including the NRLW team and the Tarsha Gale Cup team and its excellent community and indigenous participation program.

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Bush Fires

Ward acknowledges the volunteer firefighting efforts of Michael Leong – Estimator and Rowan Grace- Environmental Co-ordinator who have both taken emergency services leave to assist their local RFS brigades in fighting the current spate of bush-fires on the NSW Central Coast and in the Blue Mountains.

Ward is a proud supporter of the NSW RFS and offers staff emergency services leave to support their excellent work.

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Donation

The Ward Welfare and HR team Colm Drumgoole & Leigh-Anne Pye are pictured presenting a $1,000 donation to Mates in Construction’s Natalie Hunt & Heather Drew in recognition of their excellent presentation at the recent Ward Safety Day.

Mates in Construction are leaders in suicide prevention efforts and mental health awareness in our industry.

Ward is a proud supporter of their program and a willing recipient of their training and guidance. 

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